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Hip Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a hip fracture?

A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of your femur (thigh bone).

Hip and Pelvis

What are the signs and symptoms of a hip fracture?

How is a hip fracture diagnosed?

X-rays, an MRI, or CT of your hip and femur may show a fracture. You may be given contrast liquid to help the bones show up better in pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is a hip fracture treated?

What can I do to prevent falls?

The following can help you prevent another hip fracture or complications of your hip fracture:

What can I do to manage a hip fracture?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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